On Tuesday, Sumter County Council approved second reading of a request that will allow Carolina Truck & Trailer Parts to expand its storage area after the business began storing its inventory on adjoining property - also owned by the retailer - that …
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On Tuesday, Sumter County Council approved second reading of a request that will allow Carolina Truck & Trailer Parts to expand its storage area after the business began storing its inventory on adjoining property - also owned by the retailer - that is not permitted for that use.
Reading: Second of three
Agenda item: A request to amend the planned development for a 47-acre parcel at 350 Myrtle Beach Highway to permit the addition of used motor vehicle parts on a 9.95-acre portion.
Background: Carolina Truck & Trailer Parts, 300 Myrtle Beach Highway - which is approved for the wholesale and retail of used motor vehicle parts - purchased the adjacent 47 acres at 350 Myrtle Beach Highway in 2015.
The amendment will officially allow the company to expand, though it is currently using 6 of the 9.95 acres as overflow parking for motor vehicles and truck parts, according to a report from Sumter Planning Department. The expansion is currently not permitted because the planned development for the 47 acres was approved for a nursery.
Nearly all of the 47-acre planned development is identified as a wetland, according to a US Fish & Wildlife Wetland Mapper, states the report.
Public hearing: Carolina Truck & Trailer Parts has been in business for 10 years and has been on Myrtle Beach Highway for five years, said Kathy Cole, office manager of the company. Nothing has changed in the company's operations, she said.
The business, which is a licensed 18-wheeler dealership, hauls out "junk trucks" after they have been dismantled, said Cole, who also lives across the street from the business.
She said the business owner also has no plans to develop the remainder of the 47 acres, she said.
A resident of McKeiver Road, who said his property lines come close to the property line of Carolina Truck & Trailer Parts, said he is "totally against" the amendment. He said allowing the business to expand its operation could bring more noise and undesirable uses to the area.
Another resident who lives on Mims Road off Myrtle Beach Highway said he was worried about chemicals and fluids from the trucks getting to the pond on his property. He went on to say the property owner has assured him the business does not let the chemicals and fluids fall onto the soil.
Discussion: Sumter Planning Department Director George McGregor clarified that the applicant's property is being operated as a used auto and truck parts site and not a salvage yard in response to previous questions about the use of the land.
Councilman Gene Baten said he was concerned about how the expansion would affect residential property owners in the area, such as himself, if the applicant's vehicle inventory gets too close to adjoining property lines. He also said the storage of vehicles and parts could decrease property values for residences in the area.
Cole said trucks are dismantled on company property at 300 Myrtle Beach Highway and the 6 acres of the 9.95-acre portion in question are used for storage.
She said the business is also on very good terms with residential neighbors to the east.
Councilman Charles Edens said he would like to have the planned development amended to also include a buffer requirement between the applicant's property and neighboring land.
Councilman Jimmy Bird made a motion for approval, and councilman Chris Sumpter seconded.
Vote: Majority vote approval - Baten recused himself because he owns property adjacent to the land in question.
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